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Villa Guinigi a Lucca

The residence of Lucchese Lord Paolo Guinigi houses the National Museum with works from the late Middle Ages to the 1700s

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The Villa Guinigi was the residence of the Lucchese Lord Paolo Guinigi and it is appropriately princely. The building is wide, with a porch supported by pilasters on the ground floor and a long series of triforate windows on the first floor which, one next to the other, provide the impression of a loggia. A slightly smaller porch is present on the opposite facade.There is no access from the front of the house to the gardens which furthered the sense of the villa's broadness. The square windows present on the upper level don't appear in the 1533 design for the villa and so were added later.

The composite structure has few analogues with previous Gothic villas (like the Villa Guinigi at Pietrasanta) or with later Renaissance villas because, as Belli Barsali has noted, this was the only villa built on this grandiose level during these centuries. While the villa shows Venetian influences, it also has a number of typically Lucchese elements: the triforate forms and the use of color on the facade. Today the village is the seat of the National Museum at Villa Guinigi.

The exhibits on view constitute one of the richest collections of art directly tied to the history of the city. In fact, the works, most of them religious, represent the development of the figurative culture of Lucca and its territories from the Middle Ages to the 1700s. They document Lucchese artistic activity by locals and foreigners in the city for ecclesiastic and civic commissions. The archeology portion of the Museum, on the ground floor, has been enriched by notable finds in recent years.

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